Lawyers of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile asked the Sandiganbayan on Friday not to proceed with the plunder case against the Senate minority leader for lack of probable cause.
Lead Counsel Estelito Mendoza of Enrile’s camp argued before the Sandiganbayan Third Division Justices Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Napoleon Inoturan and Maria Christina Cornejo that his client should not be charged with plunder.
Mendoza insisted that there is no direct witness presented by the Office of the Ombudsman that the former Senate president received the money.
The former justice secretary and solicitor general pointed out that the voluminous documents presented by the Office of the Ombudsman did not specify how the senator supposedly pocketed P172 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). PNA